About Christine Hansen

Foto: Signe Marie Andersen

Christine Hansen is a Norwegian artist and scholar based in Stavanger and Bergen. She holds a master’s degree in photography from Bergen National College of the Arts (2000) and a PhD in art history from the University of Bergen (2012). She has been visiting student at the Department of art history University of Chicago (2007-2008) and Fulbright scholar at Arthur L. Carter Journalism Insitute at New York University (2012-2013). Hansen’s photographic work is often related to particular places. She has photographed container harbors, psychiatric institutions, airports, and construction sites. Several of her projects relate to family history, and thematize the encounter between the personal and the collective history.  

Her scholarly interests includes photography’s role in contemporary art, questions about truth and realism in photography. Hansen is Artistic Research Leader and Associate Professor in Art at Bergen Academy of Art and Design.


Recent projects:

Hansen is together with Janeke Meyer Utne curator for the show Slow Pictures at Lillehammer Art museum (2016) which features eighteen Norwegian artists working with photography. The exhibition Slow Pictures is a reflection on the position of photography in the field of art at a time dominated by the transitory character of the digital image. An important premise of the show is that photography is so integrated in our society that we no longer see it.  The exhibition deals with time, not understood as a reproduction of a frozen motion or the flux of time given a symbolic expression, but conceived as involved time: the work of preparation, revision, and the time it takes for the viewer to experience the picture's impact of meaning. The exhibition is accompanied by the book Slow Pictures. Contemporary Photography.


Hansen is curator and participating artist with Bente Geving, Viktor Micka, Laila Kongevold, Marie Sjøvold on the show Crystals of Dust at Hå Gamle Prestegard (2015) and Galleri F 15 (2015-2016). Using their own family experiences as points of departure, the artists explore subjects related to dementia and Alzheimer. This is the first group-exhibition in Norway that deals with such an important issue. The exhibition contains visual and sensual approaches to this issue and uses the photographic medium's interplay of memory and the past. Crystals of Dust explores the span between the sufferer's changed relation to his/her environment and the relatives’ reconciliation with this. The exhibition also investigates how we can communicate with family members that are still alive, but have their conditions of life entirely changed.